Though fetal tissue transplant
uses all sources of fetal tissue collection, i.e., ectopic pregnancy, still birth, spontaneous abortion, etc., but the reliability, quality and safety of these sources have to be examined thoroughly before the use of the fetal tissue.
The panel was also concerned that a woman might feel pressured to terminate a pregnancy if a friend or family member could benefit from a fetal tissue transplant
. Since the panel members could find no evidence that prohibiting such intrafamilial use of fetal tissue would limit valid clinical objectives and believed the idea of "directed donations" to be repugnant to many, the panel recommended that such donations be prohibited: "There should be no federal funding of experimental transplants performed with fetal tissue from induced abortions provided by a family member, friend or acquaintance." (43)
In the other story reported in this issue, Albert Brook-., suffering from Huntington's disease, will benefit from abortion when he receives a fetal tissue transplant
later this month at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles.
The point was driven home for many in Congress when the administration ignored its own advisory committee's recommendation and extended a moratorium on funding for fetal tissue transplant
Human fetal tissue transplant
research began decades ago.
The following table depicts our experience with pre-immune and hypo-immune fetal tissue transplant
at the axillary site of HLA and sex randomized adults with neo-plastic and non-neo-plastic disease backgrounds.
He previously served on the President's Committee on Mental Retardation, the Congressional Biomedical Ethics Advisory Committee, and the National Institutes of Health's Fetal Tissue Transplant
Fetal tissue transplant
research for Parkinson's disease, diabetes, and other disorders will use tissue retrieved from the one and a half million abortions performed annually in the United States to end unwanted pregnancies.
But now a researcher who helped run the Parkinson's disease fetal tissue transplant
experiment that ended so dismally thinks he can explain at least part of the problem.
As it turns out, a number of patients from both the placebo group (sham surgery) and the group that received a fetal tissue transplant
felt remarkably better after the operation.
Meanwhile, HHS decides to places a moratorium on fetal tissue transplant
research until a new Human Fetal Tissue Transplantation Research Panel appointed by NIH has studied the ethical issues.
The forms state that "tissue that has been aborted has been used to treat and find a cure for such diseases as diabetes, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, cancer, and AIDS." The statement is obviously false; fetal tissue transplants
have been attempted since the 1920s, yet with largely dismal and sometimes catastrophic results for the patients.